Why I Admire My Mom Luella “Lulu” Ladyga
I feel incredibly grateful to have you as my Mom. When I think of you a smile always comes to my face, because I think of all the wonderful memories I have had with you over the years. These are memories that I will cherish in my heart forever.
Mom, I admire you for the following and much more:
Unconditional Love and Friendship
You are my best friend and always have been. You were always there to listen to me, give me advice, and help shape me to be the person I am. You sat with me through endless, sleepless nights at the hospital as I fought through the night with asthma. You listened to my dreams and told me I could do anything that I set my mind to. You taught me to be kind to animals, people, and even my brother and sister. You taught me that you can rise above your circumstances. You taught me to give my very best to everything I do and most importantly you taught me how to think for myself.
Always Being Hopeful And Optimistic
No matter how down I was or how much I got picked on for being the skinniest or smallest kid in the class, you always found a way to wipe away my tears and cheer me up. You taught me no matter how bad a situation was in my life or the world, you always assured me there was always “hope.” This has helped me not only in my personal life but also in business.
Continually Making Yourself A Better Human Being, Helping Others, And Reinventing Yourself
You were always trying to improve yourself and continue to learn as much as you could in life. You are the smartest women I know with not one but two Masters degrees. You loved to learn new ideas and continually educate yourself to make yourself a better person. Seeing you do this has helped me re-invent myself and educate myself to the rapidly changing work and technology environment that we live in today.
You made it a career to help others with their mental illness and abuse. With a degree as a Psychiatric Social working, I had the privileged to watch you help others that most people had given up on, watched you come home crying from all you were trying to do for abused children and even though the system was sometimes against you, you never gave up. You taught me to help the less fortunate, not to judge anyone, walk a mile in their shoes and to always volunteer to help others.
Exploring the World, Keeping An Open Mind, And Learning From Others
To say that my mom had a passion and zest for travel would be an understatement. You have traveled the world and been to many foreign lands more than once. You gave me the travel bug and taught me the importance of learning from other cultures and people’s lifestyles and beliefs, but most importantly to embrace the difference between our two worlds. I promise to always keep an open mind and to continue your quest of traveling the world for you.
Love For Nature
You showed all of us the value and wonderment of being in nature and respecting the world and all the living things in it. You showed me that no matter what difficult things are going on in my life, I could always find peace and solace in nature and animals. Thank you for kicking me off the Atari Game System as a child and making me go outside and play, build forts, catch turtles around the lake, learn sports, but most importantly to use my imagination to entertain myself.
Believing In Me
Thank you for always believing in me and encouraging me to be my best everyday. Even when I was down on life, you were always there to pick me up and reassure me that life would be OK and life would move on. You always supported all my crazy ideas, job changes, and most of my decisions in life. You are my support system and I can always count on you mom.
Giving Me Everything
You have given me everything that I could have hoped and dreamed for and I could not ask for a better mom. I can’t say much more than that.
Mom, You are AMAZING!
Thank you for loving me unconditionally and taking care of me throughout my life. Thank you for getting up early and sending me off to school every morning with a packed lunch of peanut butter and jelly with a napkin that always had a smiley face drawn on it. Thank you for providing love and food for me. Thank you for all the times you put up with me when I was disagreeable. Thank you for cooking me dinner and always having it ready for us even though you worked full-time and went to school to graduate with your 1st and 2nd Master’s Degrees. Thank you for taking me to the doctor’s offices all day long and staying up with me at all hours of the night with my asthma in the hospital and letting me know I would get better. Thank you for always being the one that I can call for advice or make me smile when you could tell I was having a had a bad day. Thank you for being there, listening to me, and caring for me when I felt alone in the world. Thank you for for making the birthday’s and the holidays so special, even with our crazy relatives. Thank you for making me the person I am today. And Mom, thank you for being the best mom I could ever have dreamed for.
I love you,